Five Capitals players made the cut for the NHL’s All-Star Game ballot, pulled right from your favorite “Young Guns” poster or Photoshopped Beatles cover. And toss in the starting goalie, too.
Forwards Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Alexander Semin, defenseman Mike Green and goaltender Tomas Vokoun were on the ballot released Thursday afternoon.
The top goalie, two defensemen and three forwards in the fan voting, which opens Nov. 14 and closes Jan. 4, will take part in the All-Star Game in Ottawa on Jan. 29.
Backstrom leads the Caps with 19 points (2nd in the NHL) and is tops in the league with 14 points.
“It feels good. I don’t know if it’s the top [of my game], but it feels good out there,” Backstrom said earlier this week. “I’m healthy and stuff like that. Hopefully I can just continue to work hard and make sure I do the right things.”
Ovechkin has six goals and seven assists this season; Semin has three and five.
Green has missed six games with an ankle injury but tied a career high with four points in his most recent action, Oct. 22 vs. Detroit.
Vokoun is 7-2 with a 2.54 goals-against average and .915 save percentage.
Any player can be written in using the NHL’s online ballot. The full list of players can be found here.